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Mobilizing for Nonviolent Global Liberation – Warsaw, Polandwith Miki Kashtan

May 9 @ 11:00 am - May 15 @ 3:00 pm

A Retreat to Co-create Personal and Collective Capacity

Offered by a team including Miki Kashtan, other NGL trainers, and NGL apprentices


  • Is the power of nonviolence – courage, truth, and love – deeply calling to your spirit?
  • Are you longing for deeper alignment with your values?
  • Are you eager for more clarity and inspiration about how you can respond to a world in crisis?
  • Would you like to expose yourself to knowledge, principles, and practices that can support you in your work?
  • Do you wish for more connection to your own power and ability as you deepen your capacity for a life of service?

In the short video clip below, participants at the first NGL retreat in June 2018 in Poland share what inspired them to come to the retreat and what they learned during the week spent with the NGL community.


Poland NGL Retreat June 2018

This retreat is designed with the following groups of people in mind:

  • Members of the soon-to-be-launched Nonviolent Global Liberation Apprenticeship Program and Learning Community (NGL) who want to be part of the annual in-person retreat
  • People who want an in-person exploration of what NGL is about before joining
  • People who resonate with any of the questions above who would you like to be immersed in a vibrant, thriving, co-creative learning community for a week
  • NVC trainers, mediators, facilitators, managers, and consultants who want to enrich their work through learning about Miki’s approach to these areas


This retreat is designed to create the conditions that would allow all of us who attend to take a next step in our understanding, capacity for interdependent living, practice, service, and contribution to support the possibility of nonviolent global liberation. This means emerging from a long and painful chapter of human history to free ourselves and engage with individuals, relationships, groups, organizations, and systems to restore freedom, dignity, and conscious interdependence within and around us.


Poland NGL Retreat June 2018

Our time together will draw from the following elements:

  • Nonviolence: deepening understanding of the path and its implications for all aspects of life
  • Internal liberation: transcending individual socialization and collective patriarchal patterns to reclaim freedom and collaboration for the benefit of all
  • Leadership: willingly and unilaterally embracing interdependent responsibility for the whole
  • Power and privilege: engaging with their causes and effects internally, in relationships, within organizations, and in society
  • Organization development: applying a needs- and collaboration perspective to all aspects of organizational function, from the internal to the systemic
  • Social change: fleshing out fully all aspects of the work, including vision, relationships, inner work, and strategic approaches to social transformation
  • Facilitation: Basic and advanced elements of group facilitation, including Convergent Facilitation
  • Principle-Based Teaching: understanding, living, and sharing NVC from the perspective of principles and practices rather than specific methods


What of these will we cover at the retreat? This is where co-creation comes in. Everyone coming is invited to become an active part of shaping what it will look like.

Each day, Miki  and other NGL trainers are planning to offer teaching, practice, and coaching in one or more of the areas named above based on their experience sharing NVC, facilitating, and consulting with organizations and communities.

In parallel, others present, including in particular NGL apprentices, are likely to present workshops, practice sessions, coaching, and empathy both within the NGL framework and in their own areas of focus (Note: You will have an opportunity to name what you may want to offer after you register.)

Together, we can create a menu for the retreat in which everyone can find their place to contribute, to learn, to grow, to weave connections, and to dip into the vision of a world that works for all.

The workshop will be taught in English.

About the Team

Miki Kashtan has been leading workshops and retreats around the world since 1996 and applying NVC in working with organizations since 2001. She co-founded Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) in 2002 and the Center for Efficient Collaboration in 2015. She blogs on The Fearless Heart, where she engages with topics ranging from inner freedom to global governance. The Nonviolent Global Liberation project is her latest effort to contribute decisively to supporting a growing group of people, fully committed to acting in each moment, in full power in support of the vision of world that truly works for all life. She is from Israel and lives in Oakland, CA.

In 2018, the rest of the team included Vérène Nicolas and Sabine Geiger as providers, along with Leonie Smith and Aga Rzewuska-Paca in various support roles to assist with team functioning. Core offerings were presented by 5 people in addition to Miki. We anticipate that the team for 2019 will be wider ranging and that the functioning of the retreat will be even more collaborative and co-created than this year. Details will be provided as we work with the NGL online community and with a group we hope to form of people from the 2018 retreat who will participate in the design of the 2019 retreat.

Magda Baranska and Joanna (Asia) Berendt have been organizing events with this team for several years and have a rich experience of holding groups and activities relying on what they have learned and absorbed in years of working together with each other and in support of the vision the inspires Miki’s work. Magda enjoys creating a world that works for all in practice. She is a member of NGL design team. Asia is a dreamer who supports co-creation of a world that works for everyone in business, education and families. They both live in Warsaw, Poland.

How Much?

Making the retreat sustainable for all is an art form, and part of the commitment to learning to create a world that works for all. We invite you to step into gift economy, where you will be asked to choose the amount you would like to contribute. In the context of a retreat, where there is some exchange and external costs built into it, the details of how we intend to apply this visionary frame to the realities of this retreat are complex. We plan to share them with registrants once we have enough data about registrations and other information, most likely in the last few weeks before the retreat.

If you are not quite ready to step into the full gift economy, we are confident that choosing any amount within the following range would work for us:

  • Participants from Central and Eastern Europe: US$600-1200 sliding scale
  • Participants from Western Europe: US$850-1700 sliding scale

We are aware that the level of living costs as well as the wages are very different in Eastern and Western Europe. For this reason, we’ve chosen Poland as our hosting country to reduce the cost of accommodation and food and in this way to make the retreat more available for everyone. We ask participants from Western Europe who are opting out of the gift economy at this retreat to give more so that the responsibility for the sustainability of the workshop is shared based on what everyone can contribute and not on arithmetic. If this does not work for you, you are welcome to choose any amount that works for you as part of the gift economy we are setting up. It is our intent to make this retreat available to anyone regardless of their financial means. If you need more clarity about the amount that would work for us, especially if you come from outside Europe, please contact the organizers.

Upon registration, all participants will be asked to give a deposit of US$400 (or less if you are unable to provide the full amount at the time of registration).

We would like to make it clear that contributions toward the sustainability of the retreat team are in addition to and separate from room and board costs, and is given to different organizations.


The workshop will be held in Zagroda Ojrzanów which is located near Warsaw in beautiful surroundings. It is an amazing place with a small lake for swimming, bikes to rent, forest to walk in, and great food. Due to remote location, the internet access is very limited.  It takes half an hour by car from Warsaw Airport Okęcie (WAW) or central train station and an hour from Modlin Airport (WMI). We offer you private transportation from both airports and the train station to the venue.

Zagroda Ojrzanów
Nowiny 2
96-321 Żabia Wola

Lodging and Food

Room and board costs are separate from the gift economy and do not contribute in any way to the sustainability of the retreat. These are non-negotiable and required by our host venue. You will pay in cash in Polish Zloty PLN directly to the venue for food, coffee breaks and accommodations when you arrive. When you register for the retreat, you will receive a link to an Accommodation, Meal and Transportation Options Form, where you will be able to let us know about your preferences, so that we can take care of you. Room assignments are subject to availability and are first-come-first-served.

Please see options of food and accommodation for the whole retreat. Packages include meals starting from lunch on 9th May ending with lunch on 15th May.

  • All Meals + Bed + Coffee Breaks – 1190 PLN
  • All Meals + Tent / Barn + Coffee Breaks – 870 PLN (please bring your own sleeping bag, mat & tent)
  • Lunch + Supper + Coffee Breaks – 680 PLN
  • Lunch + Coffee Breaks – 490 PLN
  • Coffee Breaks – 190 PLN

If you need transportation from the airport or bus/train station to the venue, we can offer you private transport. Please feel free to ask for details if you need more information now.

How to Register

At this time you can hold your spot by making a $400 USD deposit via paypal below. If you are unable to provide the amount of US$400, please choose a smaller amount.

NGL-Poland 2019 Alt Deposit USD


See BayNVC’s policy about cancellations and refunds here. Please see below how it works in detail for this retreat:

  • If you cancel by March 24, 2019, we will gladly refund what you have given minus $100 to cover our administrative costs.
  • If you cancel after March 24, 2019, but before April 14, 2019, we will refund what you have given minus $400 to cover venue costs in addition to administrative costs.
  • If you cancel after April 14, 2019, we offer no refund; however you may transfer your registration to someone else.


Questions? Please e-mail a member of our Organizing Team:
Magda Barańska
Joanna Berendt






May 9 @ 11:00 am
May 15 @ 3:00 pm
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